For three years, New York developer Dean Gitter was unable to fulfill his dream of Worldbridge Centre, an Asian-themed cultural, trade and investment complex. Then Westinghouse Corp. took over as project manager for the complex, which supposedly will be built on 1,000 acres of vacant land in Middle River. Westinghouse's respected name raised hopes that the $1 billion project would quickly take shape and become reality.
Yet almost a year after Westinghouse entered the Worldbridge development process, there is even more confusion than before in Baltimore County about exactly what is being planned for that "Asia Pacific Worldpark."
Instead of concrete proposals, county officials and area residents have been told to expect a replica of Japan's Mount Fuji, a Hindu temple from India, elephants from Thailand, Buddhas from Korea and an exotic theater that would simulate a rough ride on a camel. Whatever will be built will have the blessings of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled religious leader, they have been assured. Terrific!